Diversity

Wall Street Journal: Part 2, Changing Silicon Valley’s Frat Boy Culture

When I started writing about the gender disparity I saw in Silicon Valley, I took intense fire from the boys club. I received a barrage of hate mail, immature online chatter and personal attacks on me over Twitter. A handful of prominent investors called…

Wall Street Journal: Part 1, Inside Silicon Valley’s Boys Club

A few years ago, if you had asked me about Silicon Valley’s gender imbalance, I would have wondered what planet you were from. I believed it was a perfect meritocracy that was open and diverse. My research had documented that the majority of Silicon…

Indian IT Is A Boys Club Like Silicon Valley–But There Is More Hope

This is a piece I wrote at for Times of India which compares and contrasts Indian IT to Silicon Valley. Sadly, Indian IT is as sexist as the Valley is. But the tide is rising in India. When I moved to Silicon Valley from…

CNN International: The Silicon Valley Frat Club

The Silicon Valley Frat Club The Silicon Valley Frat ClubQuest Means Business|  July 2, 2014 Richard Quest talks to Vivek Wadhwa about misogyny in the tech industry. 4964 Views

Bloomberg TV Market Makers on Silicon Valley’s gender gap

June 3 (Bloomberg) –Stanford University Fellow Vivek Wadhwa discusses the Silicon Valley gender gap on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg) With Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker 5481 Views

Google, Silicon Valley must do more to hire female engineers

The technology industry has been fighting hard not to reveal race and gender diversity data — especially for its engineering teams — because it has a lot to be embarrassed about.  Data collected on Github showed that the percentage of female engineers at Qualcomm’s development center in Austin…

PBS Newshour: Google’s diversity record shows women and minorities left behind

In a new internal report released exclusively to the NewsHour, Google reveals that women and minorities have been largely left behind in their tech workforce. The disclosure comes amid increasing pressure for Silicon Valley companies to disclose their records on diversity. Gwen Ifill talks…

PBS Newshour: Fixing Google’s gender gap shouldn’t be so hard

“I agree we need to have a team that understands the product needs of more than just the young male user, but we just can’t find them,” said Ankur Jain at the first board meeting of his startup Humin in May 2013. This is…

Here’s what it actually takes to make it as an entrepreneur

A young male who was born to be an entrepreneur drops out from a computer-science program at a prestigious university.  He meets a powerful venture capitalist who is so enamored with his idea that he gives him millions of dollars to build his technology….

Washington Post: Dropbox’s hiring practices explain its disappointing​ lack of female employees

“If someone came in right now and announced that the zombie apocalypse had just started outside, what would you do in the next hour? What is something that you’re geeky about? What is a superpower you would give to your best friend?” These are…

Economic Times and LinkedIn: The Next Microsoft CEO And Lessons From Indians in Silicon Valley

When Vijay Vashee joined Microsoft in 1982 he was just one of two Indians at the 160-person company. It added several more recruits from India, mostly IITans, over the years. They held low-level technical positions. Vashee became the first Indian to break through Microsoft’s glass ceiling…

Washington Post: Enough is enough, Silicon Valley must end its elitism and arrogance

When computers were just for nerds and large corporations, Silicon Valley’s elite could get away with arrogance, insularity and sexism. They were building products for people that looked just like them.  The child geniuses inspired so much awe that their frat-boy behavior was a…

Wall Street Journal: Keeping Women in the Tech Workforce

Once women are hired, the challenge for businesses becomes retaining them. A problem women commonly face when they join an industry is feeling marginalized and discriminated against. They leave the workforce midcareer. A report by the Anita Borg Institute noted that women leave technology companies at twice the rate…

Wall Street Journal: Steps to Increasing the Number of Women In Tech

Tech-industry executives say they have an extremely difficult time finding technical talent and that this shortage  hurts their company’s performance. They claim to look far and wide, including abroad, yet they overlook the lowest-hanging fruit: women and minorities. The percentage of women in engineering jobs is so embarrassingly low—in…

Inc. Magazine: Where Are The Women Innovators? BY LEIGH BUCHANAN

Male academics don’t inspire female innovators. Female innovators inspire female innovators. So when Vivek Wadhwa sought to highlight women’s struggles and achievements in the innovation economy, he teamed with journalist Farai Chideya to solicit stories from women around the world. Wadhwa, whose CV includes Stanford, Duke, and Singularity University, took a…

Forbes: Twitter Has Taken A Good Step Forward, But Needs More Than One Female Director

Twitter has garnered worldwide attention for its bad corporate governance practices and itsinappropriate response to criticism.  The company needs to be congratulated, however, for announcing that it is adding Marjorie Scardino to its board.  Scardino is former chief executive of publishing giant Pearson PSO -0.42% and is highly accomplished.  She is…

Washington Post: To inspire tomorrow’s great female engineers, we need better toys today

While her friends dressed Barbie dolls, Lucy Sanders designed and constructed buildings with Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and playing cards.  She learned physics by playing with her slinky, and chemistry through her chemistry set.  Sanders says that the board games she played with her family…